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Lacrosse ties for title

Hed possibility: Lax season rewrite:

A tie for the league title

By Garret Love

The men's varsity lacrosse team finished the year with a winning season, compiling an 8-5 record and earning a share of the Pilgrim League Championship.

The Engineers established a 6-1 league record, bouncing back from last year's 1-5 league record and beating league opponents Babson College, Assumption College, Curry College, Western New England College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Nichols College, and dropping a late-season game to Roger Williams College.

With their record the Engineers tied for the championship with Roger Williams, also 6-1 (due to a loss to Babson who, at 5-1, was not awarded a share of the crown), and left the dismal 2-10 record of the 1990 season behind.

The Engineers were headed up by MIT head coach Walter Alessi, who in 1990 was recognized by the NCAA with a position as a coach in the North-South national All-Star game, and by assistant coach Tom Dorf '88, who as a senior played with the last MIT championship team in 1988.

First-line midfielder Jeff Feldgoise '91 was named a member of the Pilgrim League All-Star team and Ken Chay '91, first-line midfielder who led the team in assists, represented MIT in the New England East-West All-Star game, held at MIT on May 19. Feldgoise and Chay led what was considered to be one of the strongest midfield lines in New England for much of the season.

Second-line midfielder Felipe Calderon '91 and attackman Paul Dans '91 helped to round out what was probably the most balanced scoring in the league.

Two seniors anchored the MIT defense and were both recognized as Pilgrim League All-Stars. Defenseman Garret Love '91 was named the team's most valuable player; he also represented MIT in the New England East-West All-Star game, replacing an injured Matt Lee '91, the team captain.

At season's end, goalie Ken Nimitz '91 received the Ben Martin award for "spirit, dedication and determination."

Despite the large number of graduating seniors -- seven, including four four-year players -- the 1992 team should still be a strong contender in the Pilgrim League.

Team high-scorer Rob Silva '93 will return again to anchor the Engineers' attack. Midfielder Stephan Feldgoise '92 and defenseman Richard Oh '92, both starters in 1991, will return as co-captains in 1992. Returning senior Andrei Saunders '91 and starting defenseman Peter Santoro '93 will both be important as will freshmen standouts Pat Coady '94 and Ryan Blanchette '94.

(Garret Love '91 is a member of the men's lacrosse team.)